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Antibiotic Therapy

Antibiotic treatment is an important component of periodontal therapy and can improve treatment outcomes

The first step in treating periodontal disease is removing the bacterial build-up, called calculus, on the teeth and under the gums.  This process is called scaling and root planing (SRP) and sometimes referred to as a deep cleaning.  

Adding additional therapeutic medicaments to your individualized periodontal therapy plan can help improve treatment outcomes, resulting in better and faster healing after treatment.  

arestin localized antibiotic treatment

In certain cases, antibiotic therapy, called Arestin, may be prescribed to help treat periodontal disease and aid in restoring health to the gums.  Arestin is a locally applied minocycline microsphere, that is placed into the gum pocket surrounding the tooth and slowly releases antibiotics into the gums for one month.  This continued fight against bacteria results in better healing than SRP alone. 

Cervitec chlorhexidine varnish

Cervitec is a colorless liquid varnish that is professionally applied to the surfaces of the teeth.   Chlorhexidine is a medicine that is used in many health care fields and has been used in dentistry for decades to kill bacterial pathogens.  It can be used to treat sensitivity along the gumline, prevent decay in patients at a elevated risk of cavities, keep existing restorations and fillings strong and healthy, and is especially helpful in keeping hard to clean areas clean by inhibiting bacterial growth.  Dr. Rachel Monteiro and her team at River Oaks Dental has seen incredible improvements in the gum health in our patients treated with Cervitec every 3 months at your periodontal maintenance visits.